A sheriff’s SWAT team ended its operation to get man suspected of shooting two men out of an East Los Angeles residence after nearly seven hours Monday morning with the suspect still at large, authorities said.
The SWAT team was called at 10:35 p.m. Sunday to the residence in the 3500 block of East Cesar Chavez Avenue, Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
The man was spotted in an alley by deputies about 8:45 p.m., just before he ran into the residence. He fit the description of a suspect in the shooting of two men at about 3:45 p.m. at Marianna and Eastern avenues, Koerner said. The victims were hospitalized with wounds not believed life-threatening, he said.
The Sheriff’s Enforcement Bureau announced at 3:32 a.m. that the operation had concluded, that Cesar Chavez Avenue was reopened and the “neighborhood safe.”
Deputies entered the residence and the suspect was not inside, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. They searched the neighborhood and he wasn’t found, leading to the Tweet about the neighborhood being safe, she said.